Local counselor talks anxiety during Las Vegas shooting
KEARNEY, Neb. —
Without even attending the Las Vegas concert that was considered the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, people at home may feel some anxiety and fear.
Whether you were at the concert, knew someone or love going to concerts, one counselor wants to reach out to people who feel anxious about going out in public.
"Anxiety is a very common occurrence,” Family Life Counseling counselor Carol Larson said.
Larson said this is how people were probably feeling the night of the Las Vegas shooting.
"The first thing that shows up is often we just kick into automatic mode to a safe place. That's instinct within us, that's what we call the flight fight response,” said Larson.
With feeling that anxiety, she says people who weren't even there can still have some type of fear.
"Hearing the gunshots, we're learning about people that we know that might have been there and suddenly it becomes very personal and very real to us,” said Larson.
Larson said people may experience secondary trauma.
"Where we become traumatized and we start to experience some of those same feelings, the anxiety, the avoidance you know "Oh I'm going to turn the TV off, I can’t handle this,” said Larson.
Larson said we shouldn't let this occurrence stop us from living
"If I allow this fear to paralyze me I'm never going to have fun again,” said Larson.
If you are feeling anxious or scared about the recent events, Larson is urging everyone to contact their local counselor or doctor.